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Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America©

Bone McAllester Norton is honored to announce 18 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America© across 28 distinct practice areas. In addition, Glen A. Civitts was named the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Securitization and Structured Finance Law.

For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers® has identified the leading attorneys and law firms in the United States and 70 countries worldwide. The methodology behind Best Lawyers’ selection is based upon an extensive peer-review process and Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

This year’s list recognizes attorneys David Anthony, Anne Sumpter Arney, Trace Blankenship, Charles Robert Bone, Charles W. Bone, John P. Branham, Glen A. Civitts, William J. Haynes III, Sharon O. Jacobs, Paul W. Kruse, Sam J. McAllester III, Robert G. McDowell, Andrea P. Perry, Christopher Raybeck, Jack F. Stringham II, Edward M. Yarbrough and Stephen J. Zralek in the firm’s Nashville office as well as attorney Marshall Cook in the firm’s Hendersonville office for the following practice areas:

  • Anne Sumpter Arney
    • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
    • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
    • Health Care Law
  • Trace Blankenship
    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    • Nonprofit / Charities Law
  • Charles Robert Bone
    • Administrative / Regulatory Law
    • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Glen A. Civitts
    • Corporate Law
    • Health Care Law
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    • Real Estate Law
    • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Marshall Cook
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Sam J. McAllester III
    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Edward M. Yarbrough
    • Criminal Defense: General Practice
    • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
    • DUI/DWI Defense
  • Stephen J. Zralek
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Copyright Law
    • Litigation - Intellectual Property

Best Lawyers featuring Bone McAllester Norton

Bone McAllester Norton Hosts Tennessee Bankers Association’s Young Bankers Division during Day on the Hill

On March 6, 2019, Bone McAllester Norton hosted the Young Bankers Division of the Tennessee Bankers Association (TBA) for lunch and a panel discussion, led by Bone Law attorney Trace Blankenship, as part of their annual “Day on the Hill” at the Tennessee State Capitol.

Each March, the Young Bankers Division organizes this unique outing in conjunction with TBA’s government relations team. “Day on the Hill” encourages engagement in the political and regulatory process by providing an opportunity for bankers under the age of 40 to observe the General Assembly in session and meet with key legislators and staffers. Participants learn about the procedures of the state’s governing body, tour the Capitol and also attend committee sessions. 

The Young Bankers Division was established in 1960 to nurture the professional development of the state’s bank officers, and prepare them to become the industry’s next generation of leaders through professional development, advocacy and community involvement opportunities.

Trace Blankenship's practice is concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital/capital-raising transactions, securities regulation, and corporate governance/board strategy.   He has been named to Best Lawyers in America every year since 2014 and was selected in 2017 and again in 2018 for the Nashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar.”  He’s a longtime member of the Tennessee Bankers Association’s Bank Lawyers Committee and was a contributing author of Director’s Handbook: A Field Guide to 101 Situations Commonly Encountered in the Boardroom, published by the American Bar Association in 2017. Trace serves as general counsel and as a board member of the law firm.

To learn more about the Tennessee Bankers Association, visit their website.

 

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Bone McAllester Norton Attorney Trace Blankenship Invited to FDIC Roundtable

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Trace Blankenship was recently invited by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), to participate in a candid, roundtable discussion about streamlining the regulatory path to promote more de novo community banks, such as Nashville’s Studio Bank.  Bone McAllester’s attorneys have been allies and advocates for financial institutions across Tennessee and the southeast for over 40 years. Trace Blankenship Member General Counsel at Bone McAllester Norton Professional indexTrace Blankenship - Member and General Counsel

The new chairman of the FDIC, Jelena McWilliams, herself recently noted in the American Banker magazine that de novo bank formation “has screeched to a historic halt” over the past decade.  She has made it a priority to promote new bank formation across the country and has specifically said “the FDIC needs to do its part to make that happen.”   To that end, the FDIC invited a select group of CEOs of newly-formed banks, their legal counsel, industry consultants, and state banking officials to attend a handful of small group roundtable discussions in Washington, D.C. and their six regional offices, including Dallas.  The Dallas roundtable featured lively and collegial feedback from CEOs of three de novo banks that have opened in the past year in Nashville, Oklahoma City, and San Antonio, along with their advisors and a handful of state banking regulators.  Discussion centered on key changes the FDIC can make in its processes to promote the formations of new community banks in the U.S., while still protecting the safety and soundness of the banking system.  Trace participated in the roundtable with Studio Bank CEO and founder, Aaron Dorn, who founded Studio Bank with a talented team of directors, executives, and entrepreneurs after raising some $50 million in capital.  Bone McAllester Norton has been honored to serve from the beginning as corporate counsel to Studio Bank, which was Tennessee’s first pure de novo bank approved to open since 2008. 

According to the FDIC, there has been a dramatic drop in the past 25 years in the number of banks serving communities across the country:  In 1990, there were about 15,160 chartered banking and thrift institutions, which had dropped to about 5,670 by the end of 2017, and the share of industry assets held by the top 10 banks rose from 19% in 1990 to 51% at the end of 2017.

Trace frequently interacts with the FDIC, the Federal Reserve, and the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions as he regularly counsels the boards and senior executives of banks, trust companies, and mortgage companies on major transactions.  In addition to representing Studio Bank, he has represented financial institutions in merging and acquiring other bank holding companies and trust companies, acquiring new branches, raising additional capital, undertaking ESOP transactions, and working through tough governance and investor-related problems.  The Nashville Business Journal has said, “If one of Trace Blankenship’s clients has a big decision to make, you can bet he has a seat at the table.”  His practice is concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital/capital-raising transactions, securities regulation, and corporate governance/board strategy.   Trace has been named to Best Lawyers in America every year since 2014 and was selected in 2017 and again in 2018 for the Nashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar.”  He’s a longtime member of the Tennessee Bankers Association’s Bank Lawyers Committee and was a contributing author of Director’s Handbook: A Field Guide to 101 Situations Commonly Encountered in the Boardroom, published by the American Bar Association in 2017.  Trace serves as general counsel and as a board member of the law firm.

Studio Bank was founded as a boutique bank to provide organizations, families, and individuals in the community with sophisticated financial services through a multi-channel delivery model that allows clients to conveniently bank anywhere, anytime. Studio Bank’s veteran banking team offers industry-specific expertise to clients in commercial banking, music and entertainment, healthcare, not-for-profit, commercial real estate, private client, mortgage banking and small business, in addition to serving the broad and diverse community across Nashville.  For more information about Studio Bank, visit their website.

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Trace Blankenship speaks at 3rd annual Nonprofit Bootcamp

Trace Blankenship Member General Counsel at Bone McAllester NortonTrace Blankenship Member General CounselBone McAllester Norton attorney Trace Blankenship spoke at Blankenship CPA Group’s 3rd annual Nonprofit Bootcamp on Oct. 2 about the specifics of the state’s data breach law, and what nonprofit board members and executives need to know about the privacy of donors and other constituents. Blankenship also provided guidance on how and why the board of directors should become immediately engaged in cybersecurity strategy, if not already. The annual half-day event gathered together Nashville CEOs, CFOs, development directors, board members and other not-for-profit leaders and professional advisors for informative sessions covering trends and changes in technology that effect every nonprofit. Other sponsors of the event included Lighthouse Counsel, Image Quest, and Bone McAllester.

In his presentation, Blankenship discussed key legal issues such as the duties and liabilities of officers and directors when making difficult decisions, a sample privacy policy for a nonprofit organization, and the top 10 things that could keep board members awake at night. For over 20 years, he has regularly advised and counseled boards of directors, chief executives, and entrepreneurs on the strategy, structure, and execution of significant business transactions in the life cycle of a company. The Nashville Business Journal has said, “If one of Trace Blankenship’s clients has a big decision to make, you can bet he has a seat at the table.” His practice is national in scope and is concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital/capital-raising transactions, securities regulation, and corporate governance/board strategy. Trace has been named to Best Lawyers in America every year since 2014 and was selected in 2017 and again in 2018 for the Nashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar.” He is also a contributing author of Director’s Handbook: A Field Guide to 101 Situations Commonly Encountered in the Boardroom, published by the American Bar Association in April 2017. Trace also serves as general counsel and as a board member of the law firm.

For more information about Nonprofit Bootcamp, visit their website.

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to announce 17 of our attorneys have been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 recognized 17 Bonelaw attorneys in 25 distinct practice areas to be leading attorneys in their fields. For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers® has identified the leading attorneys and law firms in the United States and 70 countries worldwide. Best Lawyers has become one of the most widely trusted resources to locate attorneys with, “exceptional talent in an area of practice” (Best Lawyers). The methodology behind Best Lawyers’ selection is based upon an extensive peer review process because “Best Lawyers believes that the best lawyers know who the best lawyers are” (Best Lawyers).

Bone McAllester Norton is proud of the continued recognition our attorneys receive for providing excellent legal services. A complete list of recognized attorneys and respective practice areas is listed below:

Anne Sumpter Arney
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Health Care Law
Trace Blankenship
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Nonprofit / Charities Law
Charles Robert Bone
  • Administrative / Regulatory
  • Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs 
Charles W. Bone 
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
John P. Branham
  • Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs 
Glen A. Civitts
  • Corporate Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Real Estate Law,
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
William J. Haynes III
  • Employment Law- Individuals
Sharon O. Jacobs
  • Environmental Law
Paul W. Kruse
  • Copyright Law
  • Trademark Law
Anne C. Martin
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Employment
  • Law - 
  • Management
  • Litigation-L
  • abor and Employment
Sam J. McAllester III
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization law
Robert G. McDowell
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Arbitration Mediation
Andrea P. Perry
  • Real Estate Law
 Christopher Raybeck
  • Banking and Finance Law
Jack F. Stringham II
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
Edward M. Yarbrough
  • Criminal Defense: General Practic
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • DUI/DWI Defense
Stephen J. Zralek
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Copyright Law
  • Litigation- Intellectual Property

Five Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Selected Best of the Bar by the Nashville Business Journal

We are honored to announce five Bone McAllester Norton attorneys were selected to the Nashville Business Journal’s Best of the Bar class of 2018. On June 26, Anne Sumpter Arney, Trace Blankenship, Anne C. Martin, Andrea P. Perry, and Stephen Zralek were recognized as some of Nashville’s top legal minds and corporate counsel.

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Trace Blankenship and Sarah Lodge Tally represent Brentwood-based CEP, Inc., controlling shareholder of Fortune Industries, Inc., in sale to Oasis Outsourcing

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Trace Blankenship and Sarah Lodge Tally represented Brentwood-based CEP, Inc. in its sale to Oasis Outsourcing, Inc. CEP, Inc. is the controlling shareholder of Fortune Industries, Inc. (OTCMKTS: FDVF), which CEP acquired in a management-led buyout in 2013. The transaction was structured as a merger, which was effective on September 16, 2016. Blankenship, along with Charles W. Bone, also represented CEP’s management team in the 2013 acquisition transaction.

Fortune Industries is a professional employer organization (PEO) group providing full-service human resources and employment-related services to its diverse client base throughout the country through Century II, Inc., Employer Solutions Group, Inc., and Professional Staff Management, Inc. Oasis Outsourcing is the nation’s largest privately-held PEO and currently serves almost 6,000 clients and more than 200,000 worksite employees nationwide. This transaction will add over 14,000 worksite employees in 47 states to the Oasis platform.

Trace Blankenship, member and general counsel of Bone McAllester Norton, served as lead counsel on this transaction. His practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, securities/venture funding/private placements and company governance and board strategy. Sarah Lodge Tally is an attorney at Bone McAllester Norton and assisted with the transaction. Sarah’s practice is focused on corporate matters advising in strategy and execution of complex transactions.

To read our client’s press release, click here.
To read an article about the transaction in the Nashville Post, click here.

Trace Blankenship and Rick Nickels Represent CNB Bancshares, Inc. in its Planned Acquisition of National Bank of Tennessee Announced Today

Longtime Bone McAllester Norton client CNB Bancshares, Inc., parent company of Citizens National Bank in Sevierville, Tenn., has announced the planned acquisition of National Bank of Tennessee.  Following completion of the transaction, Citizens National Bank is expected to have total assets of approximately $1 billion, and the banking offices of National Bank of Tennessee will be operated as branch offices of Citizens National Bank.

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of all bank regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the first half of 2016. In addition, it will involve a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of National Bank of Tennessee’s parent holding company, NBN Corporation. The NBN Corporation will require approval of the transaction under Section 363 of Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. National Bank of Tennessee was not included in NBN Corporation’s Chapter 11 petition, and the bank’s operations will not be affected by the parent company’s filing.

Trace Blankenship, member and general counsel of Bone McAllester Norton, is serving as lead counsel on this transaction. His practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, securities/venture funding/private placements and company governance and board strategy.

Read the full announcement here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com

“Best Lawyers” Accolades Given to Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys

List Includes 15 Attorneys Named The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

Nashville, Tenn.—(August 17, 2015) Nashville-based law firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC announced today that it is celebrating honors from the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Fifteen of its attorneys have been named to the 2016 list, and attorney Anne C. Martin has been chosen as “Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville for Employment Law – Management.

“We are so pleased that our peers recognized the work our attorneys do every day and the expertise they provide to their clients,” said Sam J. McAllester, vice chairman and member of Bone McAllester Norton. “Our entire firm is proud of each of the attorneys selected for the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

The Bonelaw attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 list are:

  • Trace Blankenship for the areas of Banking and Finance Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; and Non-Profit/Charities Law

  • Charles W. Bone for the area of Administrative/Regulatory Law

  • Charles Robert Bone for the areas of Administrative/Regulatory Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); and Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs

  • John P. Branham for the area of Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs

  • William T. Cheek III for the areas of Food and Beverage Law and Non-Profit/Charities Law. Will is the only listed lawyer for Food and Beverage Law in Tennessee.

  • William J. Haynes III for the area of Employment Law—Individuals

  • Sharon O. Jacobs for the area of Environmental Law

  • Paul W. Kruse for the areas of Copyright Law and Trademark Law

  • Anne C. Martin for the areas of Employment Law—Individuals; Employment Law—Management; and Litigation—Labor and Employment

  • Sam J. McAllester III for the areas of Banking and Finance Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

  • Richard J. Nickels for Corporate Law

  • Jack F. Stringham II for the areas of Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law

  • Stephanie R. Taylor for Entertainment Law—Music

  • Edward M. Yarbrough for the areas of Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; and DUI/DWI Defense

  • and Stephen J. Zralek for the area of Copyright Law.


The Best Lawyers in America list for 2016 includes attorneys covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 4.3 million detailed, confidential evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

For more information on Bone McAllester Norton and its attorneys, visit http://bonelaw.com.

ABOUT BONE MCALLESTER NORTON PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

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Trace Blankenship Assists in East Tennessee Bank Acquisition

Longtime Bone McAllester Norton client Citizens Tri-County Bank has announced the purchase of the Morrison, Tenn. branch of Massachusetts-based Berkshire Bank. The transaction, including the acquisition of $22 million in deposits and loans of nearly $11 million, is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2015. Citizens Tri-County Bank will retain the current employees of Berkshire Bank.

Trace Blankenship, member and general counsel of Bone McAllester Norton, is serving as lead counsel on this transaction. His practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, securities/venture funding/private placements and company governance and board strategy.

Read the full announcement here.

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Where Is My Wine in Grocery Stores, Protecting Your Copyright & More

Bone McAllester Norton has important updates and announcements to share with you, our valued clients and friends, in our latest newsletter. Click here to read the latest on wine in grocery stores, which of our attorneys were named "Best Lawyers" and the advice Stephen Zralek gives about protecting your copyright.

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

iCitizen Appears on MSNBC’s Morning Joe

Bone McAllester Norton client iCitizen was a feature today on MSNBC’s show Morning Joe. Duncan Dashiff, the founder, chairman and CEO discussed the nonpartisan mobile app’s capabilities, which include informing users on political issues, allowing users to share their views and tracking how politicians vote. The show’s host, Joe Scarborough, described the app as “a civic GPS tracking device.”

Click here to watch the clip.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Twelve Bonelaw Attorneys Named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America List

Bone McAllester Norton is excited to announce that 12 of its attorneys have been named to the 2014 “Best Lawyers in America” list, revealed in today’s Wall Street Journal and Tennessean. Three of the twelve were also named “Lawyers of the Year.”

The following list represents the attorneys named to the respective practice area lists:

Administrative/Regulatory Law

Charles Robert Bone

Charles W. Bone

Banking & Finance Law

Trace Blankenship

Sam J. McAllester III

C. Michael Norton

Jack F. Stringham II

Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law

Sam J. McAllester III

Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar

Edward M. Yarbrough

Criminal Defense: White Collar

Edward M. Yarbrough

DUI/DWI Defense

Edward M. Yarbrough

Food & Beverage Law

William T. Cheek III

Intellectual Property Law

Paul W. Kruse

Labor & Employment Law

Larry W. Bridgesmith

Anne C. Martin

Non-Profit/Charities Law

William T. Cheek III

Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs

John P. Branham

Real Estate Law

Jack F. Stringham II

Lawyers of the Year

Edward M. Yarbrough—Criminal Defense: White Collar

Anne C. Martin—Litigation: Labor & Employment

John P. Branham—Personal Injury Litigation: Plaintiffs

 

Congratulations to each of them on representing their practice and the firm well!

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Prime Colorants Sold in Multi-Million Dollar Deal

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Trace Blankenship, Chris Raybeck, Sheri Jacobs and Rick Nickels recently represented Franklin-based Prime Colorants in a $15 million acquisition by Ohio-headquartered A. Schulman Inc. Prime Colorants produces custom colors and additive concentrates for the automobile and construction industries, two sectors in which A. Schulman Inc. did not have capacity. Prime Colorants has approximately 50 employees and has been in business for 38 years.

Read more about this purchase from the Nashville Post here and the full press release here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment, environmental matters, criminal defense and government investigations and labor and employment. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

Bone McAllester Norton Client iCitizen Featured in the Tennessean

The Tennessean featured Bone McAllester Norton client iCitizen Corporation Saturday, in advance of the political app’s official national launch in Washington, D.C. this week. iCitizen is an app that allows users to monitor issues they care about, provide feedback to their legislators through polls, track how elected officials vote on issues and monitor which bills they sponsor. Reporter Jamie McGee notes that the most impact of the app will be among people who have a high-level view of happenings in the political sphere but don’t have time to stay informed or engaged.

Read the full article here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment, environmental matters, criminal defense and government investigations and labor and employment. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit www.bonelaw.com.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Represented Churchill Mortgage in Transformative Ownership Deal

Three Bone McAllester Norton attorneys, Trace Blankenship, Charles W. Bone and Rick Nickels, were honored to represent Churchill Mortgage Corporation in connection with its transformative employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) transaction announced this week. They worked closely with the company’s founder and CEO, Mike Hardwick, and its COO, Matt Clarke, for more than 18 months, exploring various transaction strategies with the ultimate result being the ESOP. Congratulations to Mike, Matt and the entire Churchill team!

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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 37 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment, environmental matters, criminal defense and government investigations and labor and employment. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, call 615-238-6300 or visit bonelaw.com.

“Making Sense of a Tennessee Bank Director’s Legal Responsibilities in Changing and Challenging Times” with Trace Blankenship

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Trace Blankenship will speak at this week’s Tennessee Bankers Association (TBA) Bank Directors College 2013. His presentation, entitled “Making Sense of a Tennessee Bank Director’s Legal Responsibilities in Changing and Challenging Times,” will provide an overview of foundational legal issues for directors, such as why Tennessee law requires a bank to have a board and what exactly are a director’s core legal duties and liabilities when making decisions. It also will include a director’s obligations from the regulator’s perspective, as well as the business benefits of an effective board and what directors can do to help integrate newly-acquired banks successfully. The presentation will take place at 10:45 a.m., Thursday, October 3, at the TBA’s Barrett Training Center in Nashville.

The second annual Bank Directors College was developed in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions. Attendees are eligible for CPE credit.

For more, click here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2014 List

Twelve attorneys with the firm of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC have been named to the 20th edition of the Best Lawyers in America 2014, and three have been honored on the “Lawyer of the Year” list for Nashville.

The Best Lawyers In America list for 2014 includes attorneys covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on the list.

Attorneys who make the list of “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

Ed Yarbrough was awarded the “Lawyer of the Year” for Nashville Criminal Defense:  White-Collar.  He was named to the Best Lawyers in America 2014 list for the categories of Criminal Defense Non-White-Collar and Criminal Defense White Collar and DWI/DUI Defense.  Ed Yarbrough is a former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee appointed by President George W. Bush.  He practices Criminal Defense and Government Investigations, Personal Injury Law and Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

Anne C. Martin was recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year” in Nashville for her work in Litigation, Labor and Employment.  She was selected for the Best Lawyers in America 2014 list for Employment Law and Litigation Law, Labor and Employment.   Ms. Martin is a commercial litigation and employment lawyer, representing both employers and employees. She has been widely published in the areas of employment law and has served as a guest lecturer at the Belmont University Center for Entrepreneurship.

John P. Branham, a civil trial lawyer whose practice focuses on business litigation and plaintiff’s personal injury litigation, was given the “Lawyer of the Year” Nashville award for his service in Personal Injury Litigation/Plaintiffs.  He made the Best Lawyers in America 2014 list for Personal Injury Litigation Law.  In addition to his practice, Mr. Branham has conducted numerous CLE programs, including for the Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Nashville School of Law, the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, PESI and the National Business Institute.

Additional Bone McAllester Norton attorneys who made the Best Lawyers in America 2014 list include:

  • Trace Blankenship was selected for the list in the category of Banking and Finance Law.  Mr. Blankenship advises chief executives, boards of directors and entrepreneurs on strategy, execution and legal requirements of significant business transactions and ownership decisions.

  • Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, serves as a classic “Trusted Adviser” to clients seeking advice on corporate and litigation issues.  He was named to the list for Administrative/Regulatory Law.

  • Charles Robert Bone also made the list for Administrative/Regulatory Law.  His expertise is in the areas of transactions, corporate governance and advising governmental entities, officers and directors, small businesses and entrepreneurs.

  • Larry W.  Bridgesmith was selected for Employment Law and Labor Law.  Mr. Bridgesmith has more than 30 years of legal experience in dispute resolution and innovative workplace strategies.

  • William T. Cheek III is the only Tennessee attorney named Best Lawyers in America for Food and Beverage Law. He leads the firm’s Alcoholic Beverage Team and provides licensing and regulatory compliance advice.  He also was named to the list for Non-Profit/Charities Law.

  • Paul W. Kruse, recognized in the categories of Copyright Law and Trademark Law, helps clients protect their trademarks with high quality, creative and comprehensive services, including trademark clearance, registration and policing.

  • Sam J. McAllester III practices in the areas of commercial lending, commercial loan documentation, the issuance of title insurance policies, bankruptcy and financial consultations.  He was named to the list for Banking and Finance Law and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor       Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

  • C. Michael Norton also made the list for Banking and Finance Law.  Mr. Norton concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, municipal bonds, corporate, securities, regulatory and state and local tax.

  • Jack F. Stringham II, an attorney advising in commercial loan transactions, real estate, banking regulation, venture capital and business matters for corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, was named to the list for Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law.


About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC has 36 lawyers with offices in Nashville and in Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing a wide range of legal services. We offer representation for commercial lending, commercial real estate, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, intellectual property, entertainment and environmental matters, along with a full breadth of legal services ordinarily required by businesses and entrepreneurial individuals. For more information, visit http://www.bonelaw.com/.

Summer 2013 Newsletter Features Best of the Bar, Most Powerful Women, HIPAA Updates, Office Renovations and More

It's summertime, but that doesn't mean we are slowing down! From "Best of the Bar" and "Most Powerful Women" to board appointments, a new attorney and timely updates on helping our clients navigate HIPAA and HR regulations, Bonelaw has plenty to share.

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Trace Blankenship Elected to Cumberland Region Tomorrow Board

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Trace Blankenship has been elected to the board of directors and executive committee of Cumberland Region Tomorrow, the nonprofit organization that encourages growth planning and development in a 10-county region of Middle Tennessee.

Trace serves as general counsel and secretary of Bone McAllester Norton and is on the law firm’s board of directors ex-officio. His practice areas include entrepreneurial and emerging business law; banking and financial services; commercial lending and creditors’ rights; business and corporate law; and non-profits and tax-exempt entities. Currently, he is the treasurer and director ex-officio for the Nashville Bar Association. Trace is active with the Tennessee Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, serving as The Citizens Committee member; Daystar Counseling Ministries, Inc. as the general counsel; and Nashville Young Leaders Council as faculty.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters.   Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.